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Welcome to Ecolocity!

 

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We’re a Transition Towns group based in the Metro DC area that wishes to support all efforts to build sustainable communities, but has a special focus on food issues.  We also run D.C.’s local currency, the Potomac.

Pest Prevention in Washington, Preventing Zika

Pest Prevention in Washington, Preventing Zika

Zika In WashingtonZika is not a new virus, but it is relatively new in the states. It is a disease that is spread through mostly mosquito bites, but it can also be transmitted by sexual intercourse or from a mother to her unborn baby. This fact makes it very important that steps be taken to prevent Zika from spreading. It is recommended that pregnant women avoid contact with Zika areas and use caution when having sex with anyone who may have traveled to an area with Zika. The thing is, recommending people use caution, is not going to be enough to stop it from spreading. That is why many big cities are trying to put a stop to it by changing a few things. You can learn from them. Simply take a look at pest prevention in Washington and what they are doing to prevent Zika.

Put the Warning Out About Zika

It is important that everyone, whether you are pregnant or not, take notice of the Zika Virus. The symptoms are so minimal that you may not even know that you have it, but that does not mean you aren’t a carrier. Zika is spread mostly by the “Aedes” species of mosquito. They are the ones who are aggressive and bite during the daytime hours when people are outdoors the most. They may also be night biters. This means if you have been bitten by a mosquito, you could now be a carrier of Zika. That makes things difficult for anyone who is trying to avoid it, especially in large cities like Washington, where people are out at all hours of the day and night.

What Can Be Done about Zika Concerns?

repellentIn large cities, small cities, and rural areas, it is impossible to make people stay indoors at all times to prevent Zita from spreading. Therefore, it is very important that we learn about ways to protect ourselves when we venture out. You should use everything you know about mosquito control and larger cities are encouraging people to put it to use. You should wear long sleeves and pants if you are going to be outdoors. If this is not possible, you should spray on EPA-approved insect repellent. If you travel to an area that has Zika, avoid having unprotected sex with someone until you have been home for a couple weeks. Remove standing water, eliminate hiding spots, and if you can; put a propane mosquito trap in your yard.

Let’s Beat Zika

NaturalMosquitoZika doesn’t cause lasting damage to an adult or child that catches it. In fact, most people who get it once may never get it again. The illness symptoms are mild and most people who have even the worst symptoms, may simply not feel good for a week. The problem comes when you think about an unborn child. Their lives, before they are even born, can be changed forever by the Zika virus. Prevention is the key to success if you want to keep your community, your town, and your large cities free of Zika. It is recommended that you check out the top-selling, mosquito magnet review to see if it is truly something you can use to fight Zika. Doing so could prevent every woman in your area from catching and passing it on to their unborn child.

Tasks At Ecolocity

Tasks At Ecolocity

As a communal, cooperative organization, we at Ecolocity share a number of different tasks. Here are explanations on how to do a few of them.

 

Edit the Food Map

This Prezi explains how to edit the Food Map. Anyone can add to the Food Map using the form on the Food Map site, but you must be invited to make permanent changes.

 

If you need to zoom in on anything in the Prezi presentation, use the + and – buttons on the right. It can also be seen onPrezi’s site.

What We Do

What We Do

Since it was founded in 2008, Ecolocity has held some great events and made significant accomplishments.  Here are our favorites:

– Establishing a community garden at Bruce Monroe Park(Georgia Ave. at Columbia Rd. NW) that allows D.C. residents to grow their own fresh produce

– Establishing a forest garden at Emergence Community Arts Collective (733 Euclid St. NW) to demonstrate the viability of intensive urban agriculture in densely built neighborhoods. Planting began in fall 2011.

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Group

Group

Save the date, clean out your closets, put up some preserves, bake goodies, harvest early lettuce … bring it all to our first community swap …

Going to pot on Memorial Day!
Potomac Potlatch
Monday May 25 2009, 1-7 pm
Emergence Community Arts Collective
733 Euclid Street NW, Washington DC 20001

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